AmeriCorps Funding: Call-Ins Scheduled

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Dear Constituents,

The Illinois Arts Council received information yesterday regarding two upcoming conference calls in which you may want to participate. The calls offer instructions on applying for AmeriCorps funding, for which arts and arts education organizations working in community service are encouraged to apply.

Pre-registration is required, and there are only 150 free "tickets" for each call.

Please see below for a note from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, along with information for required registration from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

We invite you to participate in one of these calls, and hope this is enough lead time for some organizations to take advantage of the opportunity. Please feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance.


Terry A. Scrogum, Executive Director, Illinois Arts Council

Illinois Arts Council
Phone: (312) 814-6750


President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities

Dear Arts Organizations/Arts Education Organizations,

The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with Americans for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, is pleased to invite you to join one of two conference calls hosted by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) on November 10 & November 12, 2010.

This October, President Obama issued a Proclamation in recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month in which he wrote: "By supporting the fields that feed our imagination, strengthen our children's education, and contribute to our economy, our country will remain a center of creativity, and our society will stand as one where dreams can be realized."

The PCAH is very aware of the great work organizations like yours do in communities across the country, and we will continue to work on raising the visibility of the field and the resources available to it at the federal level. In that vein, we have been working with CNCS to ensure that AmeriCorps grants are available for qualified arts and humanities organizations working in community service, as well to increase the pool of eligible arts organizations that apply for these funds.

As you may know, deadlines are approaching for applications to AmeriCorps for 2011. If you think it makes sense for your organization, we encourage you to apply. To help you in this process, you are invited to hear an overview of AmeriCorps opportunities, alert you to upcoming deadlines, and advise you on what the Corporation is looking for in a successful application.

There will be time for questions and answers at the end of the discussion.

The information for required registration is below.

Looking forward to the conversation.


Rachel Goslins, Executive Director, President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities


The Corporation for National and Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is hosting a conference call to discuss AmeriCorps funding opportunities for organizations focused on education and youth.

In the AmeriCorps State and National grant competition this year, CNCS especially seeks to focus investment on national service programs that improve academic outcomes for children, youth and young adults. This focus reflects the extensive experience and past success of national service programs in education, and aligns with the reform efforts of the Department of Education.

AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations to recruit, train, and manage AmeriCorps members who serve as part of the solution to pressing problems facing communities across the country.

To join us for an overview of funding opportunities and learn more about our interest in supporting educational initiatives, please register for one of the following calls:

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